Category: SPU DEL Program

Peer Coaching: Cut to the Chase

  “Cut to the chase was a phrase used by studio executives to mean that the audience shouldn’t get bored by the extra dialog, and that the film should get to the interesting scenes without unnecessary delays. The phrase is now widely used, and means ‘get to the point.’”  Having spent a lot of time…


PD Planning Through My Eyes

I have been providing professional development to teachers for almost a decade.  During that time, it’s been interesting to witness the different formats that school districts and conference use to structure their professional development.  I’ve been told before that my session needs to last 7 hours or been asked what do you think would be a good…


Modeling Mindset, Curiosity, and Problem Solving

Today my food dehydrator broke.  It just quit.  It would not dry my fruit.  I think most people would find this an annoying aggravation, as with any appliance that goes belly up without notice.  I had this perspective as well, but I also saw it as an Internet search extravaganza!  My mind raced with questions:…


Digital Educational Resources: The Ultimate Free Puppy

Am I going too far with this blog post title?  I don’t think so!  Every day, teachers, principals, curriculum directors, and IT directors receive a smattering of emails, postcards, advertisements, and phone calls from vendors.  Appealing colors draw our eyes.  Utilizing flashy slogans and cute catchy names, they get our attention.   Four letters, F-R-E-E,…


Engagement is Important, but Mindfulness is More

  “Blinkers, sometimes known as blinders, are a piece of horse tack that prevent the horse seeing to the rear and, in some cases, to the side.  Many racehorse trainers believe these keep horses focused on what is in front, encouraging them to pay attention to the race rather than other distractions, such as crowds….


Professional Development Tool Review


How I Intend to Improve My Game

I purchased this sign for my office.  It caught my eye the minute I entered a cute shop in Puyallup, Washington a few weeks ago.  I circles back to look at it three times.  The statement obviously intrigued me.  I like baseball, but I wouldn’t call myself a big fan.  The sign was in the…


Agency is Paramount

The Question For this module I investigated the question, What online experiences should students have had before they leave high school?  The answers I found can be summed up in the word- AGENCY.  Meaning, students need to experience capacity to act in a digital environment and feel control over their own behavior.   While George…


Digital Tools Abound: Connecting GCP and ISTE Standards

My Global Collaborative Project (GCP) is to facilitate the #NWTOSACHAT for an evening.  Reflecting on the connection between ISTE Teaching Standard 2, Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments and my preparation and live facilitation, I would like to share that facilitating a Twitter Chat involves incorporating many many digital tools.  To begin…


Is Peachjar Peachy?

Peachjar is a tool that my district and thousands of districts utilize for communication to families. It is an eflyer management system, meaning it sends flyers that were traditionally printed and sent home with students to parents’ email inboxes instead. This leads to less classroom disruption for the students and teacher and more office staff time…


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